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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.


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A wonderful guide and stories

We went to several plantations during a long weekend in Louisiana. This was by far the most interesting. The guide was experienced and a told great stories of the people that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We went to several plantations during a long weekend in Louisiana. This was by far the most interesting. The guide was experienced and a told great stories of the people that lived here. It's not the plantation image that is seen in the movies. It's better! The Creole look is fascinating. There are a couple slave quarters on-site. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My two teenage grandchildren and I took a tour from New Orleans to visit this plantation. The kids have learned about slavery and plantations in the south but until they actually visited an actual site, it really didn't seem real to them. My 15 year old grandson was very interested in how a few of the 'workers' homes were still... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Alex was our guide and I had great tour. The whole thing was well paced and there was enough time to take pics and walk around. Alex made sure we all had a chance to catch up to her if we were taking pics, before she started talking. She was also, considerate of the history and didnt try to jazz... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Such a great tour and we learned so much. Madison was an exceptional guide. He told us this was his 5th day on the job but he had the knowledge, sense of humour and presence of a very experienced guide. A fabulous tour!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Booked the tour for this unique Creole plantation which provided an in depth guide into plantation ownership by a Creole family and the differences in the building. The family history is very interesting in it's own right, but the highlight is the honest and frank depiction of living as a slave on a plantation. You get to see their quarters,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the tour my generation new millennium children wanted to hear more about the plantation from a slave's aspect. They felt like it was brushed over too quickly and didn't like the fact that the tour guide stated that the slaves were considered family and the mansion was just as much the home to the slaves as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It was great to learn more about what life was like back when this was a working plantation. The home and surrounding buildings are fantastically preserved and repaired. Our tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable and encouraged questions. My husband and I took lots of pictures and had a great time. This was a very reasonably priced tour.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Really enjoyed our tour of Laura plantation - our guide was Peter. He explained the history of the plantation in an engaging manner & was very informative. Great pronunciation of all the French names too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Wonderful tour, great glimpse into another time. History of property was very interesting. Definitely worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The visit of Laura was a superb experience. Our guide said: if you visit only one plantation, Laura is the one. We visited several, but Laura was by far the best and most interesting experience. Ethan was an exquisite and knowledgeable guide - that makes a difference.

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